Hawaii Symphony Orchestra perform special family concert

The Hawaii Symphony Orchestra performed a special daytime family concert Saturday at the Blaisdell Concert Hall.

Reviving a long tradition of presenting concerts for children and families, the “Ohana Concert” was the first for the orchestra, which is celebrating its fifth season in 2016-17.

Appropriately enough, the HSO performed Prokofiev’s “Peter and the Wolf,” a hallmark of youth concerts for decades. Written in 1936, the piece with narration is intended to cultivate musical tastes in children from their very first years in school.

The various animals and characters in the story are personified by sections of the orchestra and provide a base for young listeners to make connections with the music.

Compositions by Tchaikovsky and John Williams were also featured at the concert.

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